Tidemill Academy Governors – 2018/19

  Name   Category
David Mason, Chair   Trust governor
  Emma Jones, Vice Chair   Parent governor
  Lorraine Stewart   Head Teacher
  Kellie Sou   Staff governor
  Lisa Turner   Support Staff governor
  Christopher Acheson   Trust governor
  Helier Cheung   Co-Opted governor
  Abigail Coman Walker   Trust governor
  Sharleen Baxter   Trust governor


The Governors noticeboard is in the main reception area of the school, opposite the 'Framed Assembly Wall'. Please visit the noticeboard to read profiles, see photos and for news.

David Mason- Chair of Governors
All sub-committees

I was elected as a community governor in 2011, based on my experience working in London education from 1970 until my retirement in 2010. I have been a classroom teacher, a subject advisor, a university lecturer and finally education manager of the London Grid for Learning. I also have some experience of chairing various committees at school, regional and national level. My subject specialisms are History and ICT. I am also the nominated governor for safeguarding.

Emma Jones- Vice Chair of Governors
All sub-committees

I wanted to become a governor at Tidemill to support the school, champion its values and help make it an even better place to learn and work.

I became a governor because I have professional skills as a journalist, broadcaster and magazine editor that are hopefully valuable. I have also got a broad interest in education. I have two children who went to Tidemill and have gone on to secondary school and two still attending Tidemill. I therefore have a vested interest in helping maintain the school’s high standards.

I am also the literacy link governor. This means I liaise with Amy Heath (writing leader) and Jessica Barnett (reading subject leader), to support them in their roles, and communicate with the governing body. We most recently worked together on National Book Week. I am Chair of the Standards and Community committee, which closely monitors and evaluates performance in these areas, including that of pupil premium children.

Lorraine Stewart- Headteacher
All sub-committees

As Headteacher, I am on the governing body and attend all full governing body and sub-committee meetings. I have been on the governing body for over 7 years, previously as a staff governor. Governors play an important role in the school, exercising their powers and responsibilities in partnership with myself and the staff. Although they are not involved in the day-to-day management of the school, they play a large role in planning for the school’s future at a strategic level. Governors act as a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice and ensuring the school improvement agenda is high and heading in the right direction.

Tidemill has a strong and active team of governors who bring a range of skills and expertise that is valuable in making Tidemill such a great place to educate your children. Many of them are available in the playground on a regular basis and are very ‘hands-on’ in their contribution to the school.

Kellie Sou- Staff Governor

As Deputy Headteacher and one who progressed to this position at Tidemill, I decided to take on the role of Staff Governor as I wanted to be the voice of staff. This position enables me to have an active role in sharing the exciting and excellent practice happening at Tidemill with the governors and enables me to keep staff up to date with developments happening on the governing body. I have a wealth of experience teaching across the primary curriculum and believe that this supports me to inform decisions that are made on the governing body.

Lisa Turner- Staff Governor
Standards & Community

I took on the role of Staff Governor in 2012 because I wanted to take a more active role in moving forward as an Academy. I am on the standards and community subcommittee, an area I have a keen interest in. As most of you know I have worked at Tidemill since 2006 and enjoy good relationships with staff, children and the school community.

Christopher Acheson – Trust Governor

I am a Trust governor serving on the Resources committee and as the Maths link governor. In the UK, almost 1 million 16-25 year olds are not in education, employment, or training (NEET). There is a clear need to secure a brighter future for the UK’s youth through giving back to the communities we live in. Over the past few years, I have been involved with mentoring at-risk youth and university students nearing graduation to support the development of their CVs, interview skills, and personal confidence. This experience has drawn my attention to the need to support our local communities and help give as many young people as possible a strong start to their working lives. To support this cause, about which I am passionate, I have chosen to be a governor at Tidemill. My finance knowledge base as a Chartered Accountant through the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), experience in audit, and current role as a consultant assists with the strategic discussions, challenges, and decisions required as part of the governing board meetings.

Helier Cheung – Co-opted Governor

I am a Co-opted Community governor, on the Standards & Community committee and link governor for Science. As an experienced digital journalist and news editor for the BBC, I bring an international perspective to the governing body while serving the local community. I have also previously been a senior policy advisor. I place a high value on education and hope that my range of skills will enable me to make a valuable contribution to the pupils, families and staff at Tidemill Academy.

Abigail Coman Walker- Trust Governor

For the last 12 years, I have worked for HSBC Bank in many of their global locations including Hong Kong, Brasil and UAE. When I returned to the UK in 2013, I wanted to find an opportunity to contribute my skills and knowledge to the local community. As the parent of two young children, becoming a school governor seemed ideal.

In addition to a background in banking and international finance, focussed primarily on the retail segment, I am a qualified Management Accountant with experience in accounting and financial reporting. I hope will be of value to the school and Board of Governors. I have held a number of voluntary roles previously, the most recent being Treasurer on the Board of the MadeinBC: Dance on Tour in Vancouver, Canada and I also have experience of working on Boards.

I have been the Chair for the Resources Committee for the past year which covers a wide remit, including finance, budgeting, staffing, risk management, premises and health and safety. This role allows me to contribute to the UK education system by using my finance and management skills.

Sharleen Baxter- Trust Governor

I am delighted to have been elected as a parent governor as I am passionate about the education of all our children. I have watched Tidemill develop in such a positive way after the building move and would love to help develop it further.

I am a parent of 5 children, all of which have attended Tidemill and have a background in education; therefore I have a good understanding of the way children develop. I feel that I can support and challenge the Leadership Team in matters that arise.